As nurses and hospital workers chanted "shame, shame", the board of the State University of New York voted unanimously on Friday to close the 155-year-old Long Island College Hospital because they say it is running a $41 million deficit.

At a separate public hearing the day before, local politicians, hospital workers and patients testified in favor of saving downtown Brooklyn's only hospital.

SUNY Board Chair Carl McCall has asked for a detailed closure plan addressing layoffs and the provision of continuing services at SUNY's Bay Ridge and Flatbush facilities.

To close LICH, SUNY will have to get its closure plan approved by the state Health Department, which rarely says "no".

Representatives of LICH's 2,000 workers and State Senator Daniel Squadron will lobby DOH to reject the plan. 

The article from the Wall Street Journal.

The death throes of Long Island College Hospital began years ago.

Local pols accuse SUNY of acquiring the struggling LICH "for parts" [Brooklyn Eagle.]

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